Founded in 1991, Aikido of Winnipeg was established as a not-for-profit dojo at its current location in 2004. Doug Reichert, 5th Dan is the chief instructor and registered with the Aikikai Honbu dojo in Tokyo, Japan.
We train in Iwama style of Aikido as passed on from Morihei Ueshiba (O’Sensei), to Morihiro Saito Sensei. The dojo is a member of the California Aikido Association under the direction of Patricia Hendricks Shihan.
With a focus on mind, body and spirit co-ordination, there is an emphasis on clear, precise, basic movements. Consistent practice results in effective and graceful movements. Beginners are treated with care and respect in our creative and challenging atmosphere.
Doug Reichert Sensei, 5th Dan
Doug Sensei began training in Aikido in 1992 with the Ki Society (Shin Shin Toitsu – as a student of Lance Sensei) and transferred to Iwama Ryu Aikido in 1999. He has been the head instructor of the Aikido of Winnipeg dojo since August, 2004. Doug Sensei makes a pilgrimage to the Aikido of San Leandro dojo twice a year to study under Hendricks Shihan.
During the day, Doug Sensei is an outdoor enthusiast and an artisan woodworker. His woodwork can bee seen at https://aikiwoodworks.ca
Leanne Reichert Sensei, 4th Dan
Leanne Sensei began her Aikido training in 1992 at the Kasukabe Dojo in Saitama Ken, Japan; under the direction of Horikoshi Sensei, 8th Dan. She achieved the rank of Shodan in the two and a half years that she was there.
She had a break from Aikido to pursue a career and returned to the Aikido of Winnipeg dojo in 2008. She is a frequent, as well as one of the favourite uchi deshi for Hendricks Shihan.
Leanne and Doug were married on August 15, 2014!
Gillian Sadler Sensei, 3rd Dan
Gillian Sensei began training in Aikido in 2003 with the Aikido of Winnipeg dojo. She has also traveled several times to San Leandro, CA to train as uchi deshi with Hendricks Shihan.
Leanne Sensei and Gillian Sensei are two of the top 10 highest ranked Aikido women in all of Canada!